Project Component Manager (m/f) Strengthening Resilience of the Cross-Border Collaboration in Western Ethiopia

Posted on 12 April 2018

Job Description

Project Component Manager (m/f) Strengthening Resilience of the Cross-Border Collaboration in Western Ethiopia

Job description

The potential of a cross-border cooperation and coordination in the region of Benishangul Gumuz/Ethiopia and Blue Nile State/Sudan, as of yet has not been systematically developed. The overall objective of the project is to address the drivers of migration and strengthen the populations’ resilience to instability and displacement. In order to achieve this, the European Union (EU) and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) wish to provide local governments, communities and the private sector on both sides with opportunities to improve diversification of livelihoods, shared management of natural resources, trade development as well as capacities for conflict prevention and resolution.

Your tasks
  • Steering the effective implementation of the programme’s component on strengthening resilience, including improving livelihood opportunities and enhancing integrated natural resource management under the supervision of the project team leader;
  • Developing and implementing capacity development measures;
  • Supporting cross-border initiatives and cooperation with/among partners in governmental institutions and civil society;
  • Supervising the project team members and steering the work of short-term consultants;
  • Results-based monitoring and reporting;
  • Using and ensuring Do No Harm and Gender Sensitivity approaches.
Your profile
  • Master’s Degree in agriculture-based economy, natural resource management, food security or related fields;
  • Proven track record of professional experience in at least one of the following areas: natural resource management, improving sustainable livelihoods, strengthening resilience – preferably in Sub-Saharan countries;
  • Leadership skills and used to work in a multi-national team;
  • Excellent command of English (written and spoken);
  • Strong communication and reporting skills with focus on high political sensitivity;
  • Power user of digital communication tools.

Assignment period

06/01/2018 - 12/31/2020

Location information

The living conditions and safety for project staff in the Benishangul Gumuz region of Ethiopia can be considered reasonable to normal. The ongoing conflict in the Blue Nile State of Sudan causes significant restrictions in terms of access to the southern parts of the state and in terms of movement of project staff outside Ed Damazin, Blue Nile State/Sudan. On both sides of the border, there are poor road conditions and health facilities at a very low standard. A Risk Management Unit (RMU) of the project as an integral part of the project management that will provide all necessary assistance and safeguard GIZ’s field staff.


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